Comprehensive anatomy upgrades alpha with the applicable of a multilink rear abeyance in abode of the bottom model’s torsion-beam axle; the GT Action additionally nets bigger brakes and retuned springs, dampers, and steering. Hyundai’s attack at a hot bear is a cogent advancement over the accepted Elantra GT but doesn’t absolutely bright the aerial bar set by the big names in the segment.
The GT Action calmly trounces its weaker affinity at the analysis track. The chiral Action lops 1.4 abnormal off the zero-to-60-mph time we recorded for the approved automated GT, commutual the dart in 6.6 seconds; it additionally chops added than a additional off the quarter-mile, allowance the accessories in 15.0 abnormal at 94 mph against 16.2 at 87 mph.
Looking out against the added world, the GT Sport’s 201 horses and 195 lb-ft adjust carefully with the Honda Civic Si’s 205 application and 192 lb-ft. And indeed, aloof 0.1 additional afar the Hyundai’s dart to 60 mph from the Honda’s, and their quarter-mile times are identical. The Elantra GT Action outhustles the 180-hp Civic Action auto (7.0 abnormal to 60) and the 184-hp 2.5-liter Mazda 3 (7.4 seconds). It avalanche abbreviate of the 220-hp Volkswagen GTI, however, which needs alone 5.9 abnormal to assault to 60 mph.
The Elantra’s 1.6-liter turbo four pulls acerb from its 1500-rpm torque peak—but too bad this agent doesn’t complete better. Run it up accomplished 4000 rpm or so and you’re assaulted with a alveolate resonance; this is not an agent that begs to be afraid out. The six-speed shifter moves calmly through the gates, and the clamp isn’t catchy to attune alike admitting there isn’t abundant meat to its action.
The one absolutely black aspect of this powertrain is its appetite for fuel. By the EPA’s measure, this bunched bear doesn’t alike able 30 mpg on the highway, with city/highway ratings of 22/29 mpg. The added able Volkswagen GTI with a chiral allotment 25 burghal and 33 highway, while the Civic Si rings in at 28/38 mpg and the abstinent Civic Action trounces the Hyundai with its 29/38 EPA estimates. The acceptable account is that in our 75-mph artery fuel-economy test, the Elantra GT Action was able to top its EPA estimate, abiding 31 mpg—but that still trailed the Civic Action by 12 mpg.
As is archetypal in this class, the Elantra is front-wheel drive, but torque beacon is not an issue. The council is abundantly weighted, and the fat-rimmed caster captivated in bland covering feels good. Turn-in, though, isn’t as active as that in a GTI—or alike a Mazda 3. Although not inspiring, the GT Action is able on ample roads, and its abeyance finer sops up bumps. It pulled a admirable 0.89 g on our skidpad, against 0.84 for the Mazda 3, 0.88 for the Civic Si, 0.93 for the Civic Sport, and 0.94 for the GTI. The Hyundai’s anchor pedal feels close underfoot, and the Elantra chock-full from 70 mph in 165 feet, a acceptable but not class-leading performance.
What You Get
The Elantra auto is hardly best and taller than a Golf, and yet the berth feels beneath airy. And while there are a few flashes of red, Hyundai could accept had added fun with this interior, which is mostly a dour, style-free zone. It is awful functional, though, with aboveboard controls and a accepted 8.0-inch touchscreen that has a analytic card structure. The accurately bedlam advanced buckets are comfortable, abandonment the hyper-aggressive crabbed ancillary abutment that can accomplish the seats in some action compacts confining. And the burden hold, with 25 cubic anxiety abaft the rear seats, is at the ample end of the class.
The GT Action is able-bodied able for its $24,135 abject price, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, acrimonious advanced seats, covering upholstery, a adjacency key and push-button ignition, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and LED headlights and taillights. True, the Civic Action is about two admirable cheaper, but it has none of the items listed above. The Civic Si auto (the Si isn’t accessible as a hatchback) starts at $24,990 and added carefully mirrors the Hyundai’s equipment, although it still lacks covering and LED lamps. The arch GTI S costs $27,265, but you charge to advancement to the $31,320 GTI SE to get abundant of the Elantra’s equipment, and covering still is addition $695. The GTI Autobahn trim brings accepted covering and VW’s driver-assist appearance but costs $35,920. (On the Hyundai, adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking with banal detection, and lane-keeping abetment are allotment of a $3850 Tech amalgamation that’s accessible alone with the automatic.)
The Elantra GT Sport, then, is a somewhat fun car you ability buy for its able appearance set at a reasonable price—a acceptable Hyundai rationale. While its dynamics are awful competent in a way that no Hyundai in this class has been before, it lacks the action of a accurate hot hatch. For that, it may be account cat-and-mouse for the company’s new, 275-hp Veloster N, which lurks appropriate about the corner.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED: $24,260 (base price: $24,135)
ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, absolute ammunition injection
Displacement: 97 cu in, 1591 cc
Power: 201 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 195 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual
Wheelbase: 104.3 in
Length: 170.9 in
Width: 70.7 in Height: 57.7 in
Passenger volume: 97 cu ft
Cargo volume: 25 cu ft
Curb weight: 3028 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 6.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 17.1 sec
Zero to 120 mph: 28.6 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.8 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 8.6 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 7.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.0 sec @ 94 mph
Top acceleration (governor limited, C/D est): 130 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 165 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.89 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY:
Observed: 23 mpg
75-mph artery driving: 31 mpg
Highway range: 430 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY:
Combined/city/highway: 25/22/29 mpg
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